England: Shocking scenes of violence & suffering captured on a British dairy farm.




Shocking scenes of violence & suffering captured on a British dairy farm


Dear Mark




Today we have released shocking scenes

of animal abuse filmed earlier

this month by Animal Equality investigators

on a dairy farm in Somerset,

UK.   The investigation, which came on

the back of a tip-off

from a local resident, revealed farm

workers violently punching tiny

calves and kicking cows in the face.

Multiple other incidents of abuse by

workers were filmed in just one day,



– repeatedly kicking young calves to

make them stand up

– aggressively twisting cows’ tails and

repeatedly slamming metal gates

into them

– pinning calves to the floor and shouting

obscenities in their face

– repeatedly kicking and slapping

nursing cows

– violently throwing small calves

to the floor.






Abusive treatment was not the only

suffering we found on this West

Country farm, which runs a farm

shop and B&B as well as supplying

Muller Milk (formerly Muller Wiseman),

one of the main

processors used by Tesco, Sainsbury’s,

M&S and the Coop for their

own-brand milks.

Our investigators made multiple visits

to the farm and also documented

at least half a dozen cows with their

back legs chained in hobbles.

These archaic devices are used

on mother cows who have

suffered pelvic damage during calving,

a common problem for modern

dairy cows who have been selectively

bred for high milk production at

the expense of physical well-being.

Footage from the farm also shows cows

suffering from crippling lameness

and pressure sores, painful conditions

that affect half of the dairy cows

in the UK every year. One cow appeared

to be in extreme

discomfort and was struggling to walk.

We reported this to the RSPCA


On one visit investigators found two

dead calves lying on the concrete

floor just outside of the cowshed, in

full view of several nursing and

pregnant cows. Both calves were

male and had been shot, a common

practice on dairy farms as males

do not produce milk and are therefore

deemed worthless by many farmers.

A covert camera was installed in one

cowshed on December 7th due to

concerns over ongoing welfare issues

and captured scenes of

shocking abuse the next day.

We have handed all of the footage to the

RSPCA and are demanding that

those committing this inexcusable

cruelty are brought to justice.

You can help end the suffering of

cows and calves on dairy farms around

the world by choosing plant-based

milks, yogurts, cheeses and ice creams.

Sign our pledge to receive more information

on healthy dairy-free eating.

Help even more animals by sharing

this video and donating to ensure

we can continue to shed a light on

the cruelty endured by the most

abused animals.

Please, be their voice.


Animal Equality UK.





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